Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this e-book and volunteered to share my review.
Best Friend Ever?
Bullies love to hate Clod. Not just because he’s bigger, clumsier, and uglier than his classmates – he’s also the only student in his school without magic. In a world where all magic is possible and everyone else is born with great gifts to do amazing things, Clod is alone.
Living with his mum in a broken-down cottage on barely enough, the only thing Clod has to play with is the clay she occasionally brings him. Bleak is an understatement. More than anything, Clod wants a friend. The only way that’s going to happen, is to make one himself.
After an angry visit from the worst of the bullies, his teacher Learned Yugen, Clod’s clay sculpture of a little girl comes to life and introduces herself as Ada. For a clay girl barely the size of his hand, she has more confidence and courage than he knows what to do with. Every adventure she leads him on gets Clod into trouble. She may be the friend he wants, but is she the friend he needs?
After many years, and too many pranks, Yugen becomes convinced that Clod is tainted by the evil slowly infiltrating the Kingdom of Pag. Especially when Ada isn’t the only one Clod can bring to life.
Clod Makes A Friend is a bittersweet fairy tale for all ages from David J. Pedersen, author of the Angst series of fantasy novels.
This was a simple read. A cute book. A little confusing.
I felt there could have been more to the book. Maybe that is just me as an adult, feeling like it was lacking backstory, background, details of what was going on – where we were, what they were, how they came to be, etc.
It was a quick read – which was good in a sense – but I felt that the quickness of the read left out a lot of what I was wanting. I wanted to know more about Clod’s dad. I wanted to know more of Clod and Eidy’s background. I wanted to know more about the world they lived in, the kids he was going to school with and most certainly, more information on Learn-ed Yugen and why he was so vile.
There was a magical element to the book, but again, the lack of details left me wanting to know more. To understand it better.
I felt Ada was such a good thing for Clod – creating a friend – but I also felt she was a bit sassy and troublesome. She would be a little snarky which I feared would make her be a bully to Clod as the other kids did and was pleasantly surprised how it all turned out in the end.
All in all, this really was a cute, quick read that I am sure the younger kids would love to read. I just feel disappointed and left wanting more, but I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to younger readers!
About the Author
David J. Pedersen is a native of Racine, WI who resides in his home town Kansas City, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has worked in sales, management, retail, video and film production, and IT. David has run 2 marathons, climbed several 14,000 foot mountains and marched in Thee University of Wisconsin Marching Band and written 4 fantasy novels. He is a geek and a fanboy that enjoys carousing, picking on his wife and kids, playing video games, and slowly muddling through his next novel.